Let’s have another theme week, shall we? Okay, so they’re not generally the most popular, and they almost always get interrupted by news of some kind, but why not give it another shot. I’ve been thinking about doing some kind of top five or top ten list of my favorite bands, but that probably would’ve been too unwieldy. So this week each post will be about one of the bands I consider my five favorites. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, most of these probably won’t surprise you—although I admit I did surprise myself just a bit.
Number one isn’t exactly shocking. The Beatles are number one on a lot of people’s lists. I could go on about how innovative and culturally influential they were. I could probably spout off something about their songwriting and musical talent. I could probably even muster up a decent postmodern analysis of their personal dynamics and deconstruction of the meanings behind their songs, if you give me enough time. But all that stuff has been done to death. And, really, the Beatles position as my favorite band of all time ultimately boils down to one thing: I like them better than I like anybody else.
Listening to a Beatles song, any Beatles song, makes me feel better than just about anything else. If I’m feeling down, I get a little happier. If I’m anxious, I relax. If I’m angry at something, it just kind of dissipates in the face of their charming, lyrical, Liverpudlian onslaught. “Ticket to Ride” happens to be one of my very favorites, but I could’ve chosen about a dozen others that I like just as much. And dozens of others that fall not that far behind. (I’m sort of proud that I managed to keep it to just my favorite 150 on the iPod.) There’s really nothing and no one in music that I enjoy more than the Beatles.
In fact, I like them so much, here’s another song. I dare you not to smile.